Archive | September, 2011

Volleyball unable to finish in Las Cruces

30 Sep

Theo Lawson

Photo by Zach Edwards

Despite winning a decisive second set, the Idaho volleyball team came up short Thursday night in Las Cruces against WAC foe New Mexico State. The Vandals dropped the first set 18-25, dominated in the second 25-14 but were unable to finish in the third and fourth losing 22-25 and 23-25.

Idaho, now 1-2 in the WAC and 6-9 overall, were led by two double-double performances, one from sophomore Allison Walker, who had 14 kills and 10 digs and the other coming from Jenny Feicht, who had 32 assists and 10 digs.

A dramatic third set saw six ties and four-lead changes. After the hosts allowed the Vandals four consecutive points, and the score sat at 24-23, NMSU were able to close out the set victory. Idaho competed in the fourth set and closed another gap to come within one point once again, but at 23-22, the Aggies would clinch the final two points and second WAC win of the season.

“This one is on us,” coach Debbie Buchanan said. “We outplayed New Mexico State in a lot of ways. We just committed too many errors. The one game  we won we only gave up five errors, but we’ve got to be better and we need to have a higher expectation. We’ve played at a high level for the last three months. Hopefully we learned something from this and we get better. There’s no way that we’re going to win when our outsides have 32 kills but 24 errors. That’s not going to win matches.”

The Vandals close out their two-game roadtrip Saturday in Ruston, La., when they square off with another WAC opponent, Louisiana Tech. The match starts at 12:00 P.T.



{VIDEO} Scouting Report vs. Virginia

29 Sep

Idaho vs. Virginia- VN Scouting Report

28 Sep


University of Idaho (1-3, 0-1 WAC) vs. University of Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC)

October 1,2011 3:30 P.M. ET, 12:30 P.T. – Scott Stadium/Charlottesville, VA.

TV/Radio coverage- ESPN3, Vandals Xtra

Idaho-  The defense didn’t show up last weekend against Fresno State but coach Akey says they WILL in fact make the trip to Charlottesville. Problems within the secondary need to be resolved but Akey was clear that the D-line, who only have two sacks on the season, will need to “get off Gilligan’s Island” and pressure interception-prone quarterback Michael Rocco. Offensively, the Vandals will be without wide receiver Preston Davis and running back Ryan Bass once again. Quarterback Brian Reader has thrown just one interception this season and will need to to exploit a struggling Cavalier defense which has allowed 92 points this season and 29 points per game against FBS opponents. Reader told us he hasn’t favored specific receivers during practice this week, but Biletnikoff Award watch list selection Mike Scott leads the team in receptions and has been a rare offensive hot spot for the Vandals this season.

Virginia-  The Cavaliers have relied on a thriving rushing attack, led by freshman Kevin Park. In his college debut against William & Mary, Park racked up 114 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. Park has 282 yards in four games and junior Perry Jones trails closely behind with 255 rushing yards and one touchdown. Virginia’s lack of a consistent passing game may aid the Vandals, who have only allowed four rushing touchdowns this season, two of those coming from Texas A&M All-American Cyrus Gray. If Rocco can overcome the turnover barrier and hit the navy and orange Cavalier jerseys, Idaho’s pass defense may be susceptible to big plays. Nevertheless, Virginia have only thrown for two touchdowns this year. The Cavaliers’ D-line has recorded eight sacks this season and will penetrate a mediocre Vandal O-line.

Other game notes:

  • Idaho has never met UVA or for that matter, has never travelled to the state of Virginia in program history.
  • The Cavaliers have only faced active WAC teams twice, losing to Fresno State and beating San Jose State. 
  • The Vandals’ current roster has no Virginia natives or players from bordering states.
  • This will be the first time Idaho has played an active member of the ACC.
  • Idaho have lost 23 straight games against schools from current BCS conferences, the last win came against Washington State in 2000 under head coach Tom Cable.

The line- Virginia by 17

VN final analysis- On paper, Virginia look to be the stronger team but the Vandal faithful have yet to see the offense, defense and special teams come together at the same time. The 50,000 fans in Charlottesville will play a significant role and the Cavs will take it by no more than two touchdowns.

WAC Round-up: Week 4

26 Sep

San Jose State- 34 New Mexico State- 24

Despite only one win in their first four games, San Jose State has proven they may be a contender in the WAC this season. Led by a pair of seniors, quarterback Matt Faulkner and running back Brandon Rutley, the Spartans amassed 450 total offensive yards, handing the Aggies their third loss of the 2011 season. Following a 78-yard touchdown run from NMSU’s Kenny Turner which would put the Aggies up 24-17, the Spartan defense clamped down, while the offense thrived. Two consecutive SJSU touchdowns, followed by a field goal gave them a 34-24 advantage and the Spartans wouldn’t look back from there. Rutley rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns while Faulkner threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas Tech- 35 Nevada- 34

The Wolf Pack staged a raid of their own on Saturday, but couldn’t contain the Texas Tech. offense in the second half. The Red Raiders clinched the win with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when quarterback Eric Ward hooked up with Seth Doege. Nevada led by two touchdowns in the third quarter but only managed two field goals in the fourth, while the Raiders converted two touchdowns. Doege was 22 for 38 with two touchdown passes and 222 passing yards. Nevada quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip and Cody Fajardo combined for 250 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Wolf Pack (1-2) take on No. 4 Boise State next Saturday with hopes to upset the Broncos for the second straight year.

Hawaii- 56 UC Davis- 14

Quarterback Bryant Moniz tossed seven touchdowns in the first half and the Rainbow Warriors steamrolled a subpar Aggie team. The Hawaii defense prevented UC Davis from scoring until midway through the third quarter when the Warriors were already leading 49-0. The hosts had a chance to see four quarterbacks take snaps, although Moniz would be the only one to complete a touchdown pass. The senior racked up 424 total passing yards, completing 75 percent of his passes. Davis were held to less than 200 total offensive yards while the Warriors posted 637. Hawaii are now 2-2 and open up WAC play next week in Ruston, La., against Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi State- 26 Louisiana Tech- 20

An overtime period was necessary to decide which Bulldogs squad would come out on top of a dogfight that lacked any kind of offense whatsoever. After a La. Tech field goal put the game at a 20-20 with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, both defenses held their own, forcing overtime. Quarterback Chris Relf connected with LaDarius Perkins for a 17-yard touchdown pass and the Miss. St. Bulldogs earned their second win of the season. Three interceptions were thrown and four field goals were converted in a defensive battle between two sides who have struggled to prove themselves thus far.

Colorado State- 35 Utah State- 34

Another example of the WAC falling to a rival conference in overtime, but this time double overtime would be required to settle things. The Rams tied it up with 42 seconds remaining and would each score during the first overtime. The second overtime saw Colorado State punch it in first but Utah State would respond with a touchdown of their own. Aggie coach Gary Anderson opted for the win and a two-point conversion but the Rams denied the attempt from running back Robert Turbin and walked away with the victory. Turbin led the Aggies with four touchdowns and 115 total rushing yards, but the passing game failed to show any consistency as USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton only completed nine passes for 86 yards. Ram CSU sophomore Chris Nwoke ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the second overtime.

Coach Akey press conference

26 Sep

Vandals lack togetherness in WAC opener

24 Sep

By: Theo Lawson


Idaho scratched and clawed in the first half but Fresno State ended up the top dogs in Saturday’s WAC opener, a 48-24 Vandal loss in the Kibbie Dome.

Idaho (1-3) came out strong offensively in the first half and led early in the second quarter but the Vandal secondary weren’t able to contain the dart-thrower that was Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr.

“Very disappointed in the way the second half played out. I thought it was a hell of a football game in the first half, I thought we had to fix one thing and that was the damn score,” coach Akey said.

After the Bulldogs took an early lead, Brian Reader threw a fade to receiver Clayton Homme who was waiting in the end zone. Fresno State responded with a field goal and Princeton McCarty’s 18-yard touchdown run put the Vandals up 14-10.

After Trey Farquhar’s second quarter field goal, Idaho wouldn’t manage another touchdown until early in the fourth quarter. During that time span the Bulldogs converted a field goal and three touchdowns, one coming off of a 40-yard fumble recovery that saw the ball slip out of Reader’s hands and into Nat Harrison’s, who would take it all the way back and give Fresno State a 41-17 lead.

“I saw him battle himself out of it initially and he got us a score down there, it was a great catch by Kama and he made some great throws in the process of getting us down there,” Akey said about Reader. “I am proud to see that he responded and came out of it but then we started running short on time and unfortunately our defense was having its issues at that point in time also.”

Statistically Reader looked impressive, completing 28-38, throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. McCarty amassed 100 total offensive yards, rushing for 33, receiving for 11 and tallying 59 from kick returns.

Akey and Idaho plan on regrouping prior to visiting the University of Virginia in Charlottesville next Saturday.

“It’s aggravating because I do think we can fix it, frustrating means you don’t know how to,” Akey said. You’re going to see a football team that’s going to have their butts in here tomorrow and they’re going to pick their heads back up.”

LIVE BLOG: Idaho Vandals vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

22 Sep

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